A Short Guide to Essential Oils for Daily Life
Aromatherapy is now recognized as a conventional means to
enhance and complement traditional medical treatments. In a cosmopolitan city
like Toronto, where organic markets run during the winter months, and a
balanced life is everyone’s aim, essential oil shops and natural remedy shops
are growing in popularity.
Cheap, natural, and easy to use, aromatherapy is a wonderful
resource for a caregiver who wants to give comfort to a distressed patient. While
not necessarily a complete replacement for traditional medicine. Aromatherapy
is wonderful as part of a holistic approach; taking care of the person, not
just the symptom.
Lavender has long been used as a relaxant or sedative. Many
baby products promote lavender scented bath products as a means of getting your
infant to sleep. It can be used by the caregiver in a number of ways; by
putting a couple of drops into a hot bath, or diluted in a base oil such as
almond or rapeseed, and used as a massage
Lavender has been shown to lower cortisol levels, so it’s
highly recommended as a means of gently easing stress after an anxious or
Peppermint and Rosemary have both been found to be
wonderfully effective as mental pick-me-ups. A few drops of peppermint oil on a
cotton bud, or a drop of rosemary placed on outer clothing can stimulate the memory
and improve concentration.
Although, once again, not to be considered a total
replacement for traditional medical treatments, rose oil and lemon oil have
both been found to be remarkable at improving mood, and alleviating depression.
In addition, they both have other hidden benefits, as both can be used to
enhance skin quality. Lemon is another helpful tool for stimulating memory and
Loss of appetite in patients is a great source of worry for caregivers.
Possibly a sign of lost interest in living, they can also lead to other
problems. The loss of nutrients can lead to brittle bones and vulnerable immune
systems. Certain essential oils have
been found to be marvellously effective in helping this, boosting or sometimes
even replacing traditional medicinal based therapies.
Cardamom, ginger, bergamot, and citrus are effective as
appetite stimulant when used in the vicinity of a meal taking place. A drop of
one of these on one of the layers of outer clothing, or somewhere else near
enough to smell, is usually the most efficient means. This helps the patient
gain weight in a natural way, as well as enjoy the health benefits of a good
This has been written with the aim of providing suggestions to
help a caregiver to take care of a patient or loved one, self-care
important. Toronto is a busy place, and not allowing space for an independent
life or a means of relaxation can lead to caregiver burnout.
To give the best quality of care, make sure to look after
your own mental and physical well-being. Any one of these aromatherapy suggestions
may prove helpful as a means of unwinding after a hard day, or as a pick-me-up
to continue with the work.